Archive | August, 2008

Blue New Moon

30. August 2008

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Blue New Moon

Everyone has heard of a blue moon—when there are two full moons in one month—but today is just as special, though rarely observed. Today is the Blue New Moon—the second new moon this month. This only happens every 2.7 years, thus the expression “once in a blue moon.” New moons are traditionally thought of as auspicious times to begin new projects, relationships or start any kind of endeavor...

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Go to the mountains

19. August 2008

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

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Meditation On A Waterfall

18. August 2008

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Meditation On A Waterfall

Every shade of green must grow on these canyon walls—moss and lichen, fern and alder. The canyon pulls me in, draws me toward its light source. Such drama—the steep canyon walls create a spotlight effect, allowing the sun very focused access to the waterfall. But where light catches water, it’s as though crystals have been tossed into the cascade, which are repeatedly flung back up into the air as a sprinkling of rainbows. A warm breeze carries scents of cedar, maples, fir and ripe blackberries—a salad for my nose. Already, alders are beginning to yellow; summer is waning. I feel the wheel turning.

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Rialto Beach of Ghosts

7. August 2008

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Rialto Beach of Ghosts

Rialto Beach has it all: impressive sea stacks to frame the views, stones of all shapes and sizes to sort through in search of special treasures, enough driftwood for a lifetime of imagining and collecting and wide sandy beaches that go on for days. In fact, it’s the starting point for backpackers who hike north into the wilderness beaches only accessible on foot. No longer being up to that sort of bodily stress, my dog and I camped on the Quillayute River just a mile away. Bliss. Peace. Exultation. I don’t think I could oversell this place.

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The lush season

1. August 2008

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The lush season

Today is Lammas, one of the eight earth holidays celebrated by many indigenous cultures around the world, as well as by modern-day pagans and lovers of the earth. It is a cross-quarter day, about halfway between summer solstice and autumn equinox. (In the southern hemisphere, it is celebrated at the beginning of February.) Whatever the name or national/ethnic flavor, this time of year is marked as a First Fruits Festival. Historically, it often coincided with the first wheat harvest. Altars were decked out with sheaves of grain and fresh loaves of bread. In some cultures it’s a time to honor the corn goddess. It’s a time of thanksgiving for the early harvest and a pause in the work in the fields and gardens.

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